Praise for those who bring Hope

The Oban Times - - News - Ge­orge Berry

HOPE Kitchen is an or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing a very im­por­tant ser­vice and all pro­vided by vol­un­teers.

At lunchtime ev­ery day, Hope (Help Our Peo­ple Eat) Kitchen pro­vides meals for 36 to 40 peo­ple.

At teatime it all starts again, pro­vid­ing meals for 15 to 20 peo­ple.

But it’s not just food Hope pro­vides. It pro­vides com­pany for many peo­ple who live alone. Com­pany is so im­por­tant - a friendly smile, just some­one to lis­ten, some­one to talk to, some­one to share a very lonely life with.

This ser­vice is so im­por­tant, with vol­un­teers reach­ing out to some 93 peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. Hope is their con­tact with the out­side world.

Af­ter din­ner cash bonus

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron is mov­ing into the af­ter- din­ner speak­ing cir­cuit, mak­ing as much as £120,000 a time.

For­mer Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne stands to earn more than £1.8 mil­lion in his first year out of of­fice – from his six jobs, in­clud­ing edit­ing Lon­don’s Evening Stan­dard, and he is still a full-time MP.

This is sim­ply cap­i­tal­ism at its worst. Two peo­ple who told the com­mon worker of this coun­try that ‘times ahead would be hard’.

They told us aus­ter­ity was a con­di­tion we would all have to live with.

Po­lit­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties such as Cameron, Os­borne and for­mer PM Tony Blair would not know aus­ter­ity if it hit them in the face.

The fact is I con­grat­u­late our vol­un­teers who work in the com­mu­nity so that those less for­tu­nate than our­selves ben­e­fit from their help.

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